Residents are asked to stay safe: keep off the ice

November 29, 2018

Residents are asked to stay safe: keep off the ice

The onset of winter means colder temperatures and the start of ice forming on stormwater ponds and natural bodies of water in Strathcona County.

Many factors affect ice strength including air temperature, road runoff, sun, wind, snow and overall thickness of the ice. As well, the constant flow of stormwater into the ponds increases ice instability.

With fluctuating water levels creating a freeze/thaw environment and unknown ice conditions, stormwater ponds are considered unsafe for recreational activities like ice skating and hockey.

Ice safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please remind your family and friends to obey all posted signs, play safe and keep off the ice.

For more information about ice safety, contact the Lifesaving Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories at 780-415-1755.

Outdoor rinks and outdoor skating pathways (Emerald Hills Regional Park, Salisbury Athletic Park and South Cooking Lake) are set to open mid-December and stay open when temperatures are below +5 C and above -20 C. More information about outdoor rinks.

Check the indoor skating opportunities.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595